Hot Spell Descends on L.A. County

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A hot spell will get underway in L.A. County today, when valley temperatures will reach the 90s and 100s, forecasters said.

Because of a strong upper-level ridge, inland temperatures will be 8- 12 degrees above normal until the weekend, said NWS meteorologist Dave Bruno, adding that temperatures along the coast will be much more bearable thanks to onshore flow. He said L.A. County conditions do not quite add up to a heat wave.

The National Weather Service forecast a combination of sunny and partly cloudy skies in L.A. County today and highs of 72 in Avalon and at LAX; 77 in Long Beach; 79 in downtown L.A.; 86 in Burbank and San Gabriel; 88 in Pasadena; 90 on Mount Wilson; 92 in Woodland Hills; 95 in Saugus; 103 in Palmdale; and 104 in Lancaster.

Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 70 in San Clemente; 71 in Newport Beach; 74 in Laguna Beach; 81 in Irvine; 82 in Anaheim; and 85 in Fullerton and Mission Viejo.

L.A. County temperatures will begin cooling down Sunday. Orange County temperatures will remain roughly at today's levels through Tuesday.

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